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Justin Bieber accused of egging neighbor's home

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating Justin Bieber for yet another neighborly dispute that could land him in court.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says Bieber has been named as a suspect in a misdemeanor vandalism and assault crime report for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home in their gated Calabasas neighborhood Thursday evening.

The 19-year-old pop star allegedly egged the house while his neighbor and neighbor’s daughter were on the balcony. They videotaped the incident, Whitmore says.

Whitmore says Bieber won’t speak to deputies. Depending on the damage estimate, a charge could rise to a felony.

In October, prosecutors declined to charge Bieber after a neighbor complained he drove recklessly through the area.

Messages left for Bieber’s representative, Melissa Victor, weren’t immediately returned Sunday morning.

Chris Brown rejects plea deal in D.C. assault case

Lawyers for Chris Brown say the singer has rejected a plea deal in a case in which he’s accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel.

Brown appeared Wednesday afternoon in a D.C. court. He and his bodyguard face a misdemeanor assault charge after an October altercation outside the W Hotel.

Speaking outside of court, Brown’s lawyer, Danny Onorato said they had decided not to accept the plea because “Chris Brown’s not guilty.”

His lawyers say they expect a trial date to be set at another hearing, scheduled for Feb. 20.

At the time he was charged, the Grammy winner was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. As a result of the charge in Washington, a judge revoked Brown’s probation in California.

Insane Clown Posse sues feds over gang label

The Insane Clown Posse is suing the U.S. Justice Department over a 2011 FBI report that depicts the rap-metal duo’s devoted fans, the Juggalos, as a dangerous gang.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Detroit federal court on behalf of the group’s two members, Joseph Bruce (Violent J) and Joseph Utsler (Shaggy 2 Dope). It also names four fans as plaintiffs.

The lawsuit contends that the description of the Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang” in a national report on gangs violated the plaintiffs’ rights. The group says its fans are a family, not a gang.

Scott Gandy, who is one of the four fans who are suing, says he was forced to remove Insane Clown Posse tattoos to apply for the Army.

Young Jeezy released after arrest for false imprisonment, battery

Fulton County sheriff’s officials say Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy surrendered late last week on charges including terroristic threats, false imprisonment, and battery.

According to Fulton County jail records, the rapper is free on $45,000 bond.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan says the rapper turned himself in on Friday to face charges linked to a grand jury warrant. A report outlining details of the allegations wasn’t immediately available, including when the allegations were made and by whom.

One of the rapper’s representatives said he didn’t have details of the allegations and had no comment.

Flanagan says the rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 29 for a plea and arraignment hearing.

Man arrested in killings of rapper Doe B. and student

Police have arrested a man on two capital murder charges in the fatal shooting of rapper Doe B. and another man at an Alabama bar. Six others were also wounded.

Montgomery police said Monday that 25-year-old Jason Quan McWilliams of Montgomery turned himself in the previous evening and that he’s being held without bond. Jail records show he faces two counts of capital murder but don’t say whether he has an attorney.

City officials closed the Centennial Bar and Grill after the 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Glenn Thomas, and Kimberle Johnson, a 22-year-old Troy University student, were fatally shot early Saturday.

A police statement said the shooting stemmed from a dispute involving the rapper.

The six others wounded were in stable condition over the weekend.

Rapper Doe B killed in club shooting at 22

Rising rapper Doe B, known for his role in T.I.’s Hustle Gang and his own Baby Jesus mix tape this summer, was reportedly shot and killed Saturday at the Centennial Hill Bar and Grill in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. He was only 22. READ FULL STORY

Stevie Nicks officiates Vanessa Carlton's wedding

Vanessa Carlton wed musician John McCauley on Friday, revealing the news to the public in a stream of Twitter posts and photographs. In one image, captioned “Thanks Stevie for marrying us!”, rock legend Stevie Nicks is seen officiating the outdoor ceremony with Carlton and McCauley at her sides.

Last month, Carlton, 33, revealed that she had suffered an ectopic pregnancy that required surgery and forced her to cancel a portion of her tour. She then appeared on a Dec. 3 segment of The Doctors to raise awareness about the issue.

Pussy Riot members released from prison

Two jailed members of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot were released Monday following an amnesty law that both described as a Kremlin public relations stunt ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were granted amnesty last week in a move largely viewed as the Kremlin’s attempt to soothe criticism of Russia’s human rights record ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.

The third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released on a suspended sentence months after all three were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and sentenced to two years in prison for the performance at Moscow’s main cathedral in March 2012.

The band members said their protest was meant to raise their concern about increasingly close ties between the state and the church.

Russian parliament passed the amnesty bill last week, allowing the release of thousands of inmates. Alekhina and Tolokonnikova, who were due for release in March, qualified for amnesty because they have small children.
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Putin pardons Pussy Riot members -- but he's not especially happy about it

In a news conference yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on an amnesty bill that pardoned imprisoned Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina. It was part of a larger commutation of prison sentences that freed 25,000 non-violent criminals from prison.

Pussy Riot first came to international attention following a protest staged in February 2012 in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. The collective performed a song called “Punk Prayer” that stood against the impending re-election of Putin. Their imprisonment inspired a cavalcade of international celebrity support from the likes of Madonna and Paul McCartney.

Though he signed off on their release, Putin clearly still has strong feelings about the group. “I feel sorry not because they went to prison, but because they committed that provocative act, which degraded women,” he told reporters.

The amnesty bill is one of a handful of attempts by Putin and the Russian government to expand humanitarian efforts in advance of the upcoming Winter Olympics, which will begin on February 7 in Sochi, Russia.

Country singer Ray Price dead at 87

Ray Price, one of country music’s most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, died Monday. He was 87.

Price died Monday afternoon at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas, said Billy Mack Jr., who was acting as a family spokesman. Billie Perryman, the wife of family friend and spokesman Tom Perryman, a DJ with KKUS-FM in Tyler, also confirmed his death.

Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and it had recently spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, according East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He stopped aggressive treatments and left the hospital last Thursday to receive hospice care at home.

At the time, his wife, Janie Price, relayed what she called her husband’s “final message” to his fans: “I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years, and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.”
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